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1979 Issues
The Initials NPB below stands for Note Printing Branch

Australia Day
Designer: Brian Clinton - Printer: Asher & Co.
This issue commemorates the landing of the First Fleet & the commencement of settlement at Sydney Cove on 26 January, 1788.
Issued 26 January with perforation 15¼

476-1-1 20c Flag-raising Sydney Cove 1788
, withdrawn on 25 Janauary, 1980

Ferries & Steamers
Designer: Otto Borchert - Printer: NPB
The use of Paddle Steamers & Ferries within Australian waters was & still is vital to the continued growth of the nation, P. S. stands for Paddle Steamer, the Canberra was built in 1912, then fully restored in 2003, she is currently in use at Echuca, Victoria; the Murray River Queen was built in 1974 and is still in use on the Murray River, South Australia; M.V. stands for Motor Vessel, the Lady Denman was built in 1911-12 and is currently on show at the Lady Denman Museum at Huskisson, New South Wales; H. V. stands for Hydrofoil Vessel, the Curl Curl II was launched in 1972, she worked Sydney Harbour for a number of years before being sold back to her builders in Italy, who renamed her Spargi, her current condition is unknown and she may have been scrapped.
Issued 14 February with perforations as below
  
477-1-1 20c P.S. Canberra, perforation 14¾ x 13¾
, withdrawn on 14 February, 1980;
478-1-1 35c M.V. Lady Denman, perforation 13¼, withdrawn on 14 February, 1980;
479-1-1 50c P.S. Murray River Queen, perforation 13¼
, withdrawn on 14 February, 1980;
480-1-1 55c H.V. Curl Curl, perforation 13¼
, withdrawn on 14 February, 1980

Australian Paintings Definitive

Issue 3

Designer: Australia Post Graphic Design - Printer: Asher & Co.
This is the third issue in this series, this design is of a painting called "McMahon's Point" by Sir Arthur Streeton, a SPECIMEN stamp was also released, there are a number of releases of Australian Paintings; Issue 1, April, 1974; Issue 2, October, 1977; Issue 3, March, 1979 (below); Issue 4, June, 1981; Issue 5, April, 1984.
Issued 14 March with perforation 14½ x 14¾

481-1-1 $5 McMahon's Point;
481-1-1 SPEC $5 McMahon's Point SPECIMEN

National Parks
Designer: Max Robinson / PROSPA, Melbourne - Printer: Asher & Co.
This issue shows images from seven national parks, one from each state, all valued at 20c, five horizontal, Victoria, Northern Territory, New South Wales, South Australia, & Western Australia, also issued as a Se-tenant strip of five & two vertical, Tasmania & Queensland, also issued as a Se-tenant pair & a Gutter Pair.
Issued 9 April with perforation 15¼

482-1-1 20c Port Campbell National Park, Victoria, withdrawn on 9 April, 1980;
483-1-1 20c Uluru National Park, Northern Territory, withdrawn on 9 April, 1980;
484-1-1 20c Royal National Park, New South Wales, withdrawn on 9 April, 1980;
485-1-1 20c Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia, withdrawn on 9 April, 1980;
486-1-1 20c Namburg National Park, Western Australia, withdrawn on 9 April, 1980

482-1-1_486-1-1 SS Se-tenant Strip of Five

487-1-1 20c Mount Field National Park, Tasmania;
488-1-1 20c Girraween National Park, Queensland

487-1-1_488-1-1 SS Se-tenant Pair

Vending Machine Trial Booklets
Designer: Kay Breeden-Williams - Printer: NPB
Australia Post trialled two machines for distributing 60c & 80c stamp folders at Brisbane G. P. O., both contained the 20c Little Grebe stamps (first issued 3 July, 1978).  Both booklets were released for sale at Philatelic Centres throughout Australia, a further trial was made in Mid 1982 of another 60c folder.
Issued Mid Year with perforation 14¾ x 14
 
464-1-1a BK 60c Booklet Cover, withdrawn on 30 January, 1981;
464-1-1a BK1 80c Booklet Cover, withdrawn on 30 January, 1981

Australian Steam Locomotives
Designer: Ray Honisett - Printer: NPB
This issue depicts the transport revolution that spread across Australia due to Steam Locomotives, the designs are of four types, 20c, Double Fairlie, two of these loco's were used in Western Australia, running between Geraldton & Northampton from 1879; 35c, Puffing Billy, this one runs between Belgrave & Emerald Lake in the Dandenong Ranges, currently it is a national tourist attraction; 50c, Pichi Richi Railway, built in 1878/79, this line runs through the Pichi Richi Pass & is also a tourist attraction; Zig Zag Railway, situated in the Blue Mountains at Lithgow, it was opened in 1869 & currently is another tourist attraction.
Issued 16 May with perforation as below

489-1-1 20c Double Fairlie, perforation 14¾ x 14, withdrawn on 16 May, 1980;
490-1-1 35c Puffing Billy, perforation 13¼ x 13½, withdrawn on 16 May, 1980;
491-1-1 50c Pichi Richi Railway, perforation 13¼ x 13½, withdrawn on 16 May, 1980;
492-1-1 55c Zig Zag Railway, perforation 13¼ x 13½, withdrawn on 16 May, 1980

Western Australia's Sesquicentenary
Designer: Bruce Weatherhead - Printer: NPB
This stamp commemorates the 150th year since Captain James Sterling arrived at mouth of the Swan River aboard the "Parmelia" with a party of settlers, the design on the stamp shows the states "Official" anniversary symbol, the symbol was designed by Norman Wilson of Perth, Western Australia.
Issued 6 June with perforation 13¼ x 13½

493-1-1 20c Anniversary Symbol

International Year of the Child
Designer: Wendy Tamlyn - Printer: Asher & Co.
The General Assembly of the United Nations agreed in 1976, that 1979 would be the "Year of the Child", 1979 was also the Twentieth Anniversary of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, the design shows children playing & the official I. Y. C. symbol of the figures embracing, encircled by the United Nation's laurel leaves.
Issued 13 August with perforation 13¼ x 13

494-1-1 20c Children at Play on a Slippery Dip, withdrawn on 13 August, 1980

Australian Bird Definitives
Issue 2
Designer: Kay Breeden-Williams - Printer: NPB
This is the second issue of Australian Birds, they are; 1c, the Zebra Finch, Australia's smallest & most common finch; 2c, the Crimson Finch, found mainly in Queensland's central & northern coastal areas; 15c, the Forest Kingfisher, found mostly in the north part of Australia & the Northern Territory; 20c, the Eastern Yellow Robin, can be found from Queensland to South Australia in wet areas; 40c, the Lovely Wren, cab be found in the Cape York area of Northern Queensland; 50c, the Flame Robin, better known as Robin Red-breast, common to south-eastern Australia, but have also been sighted in south-eastern Queensland, there have been a number of issues of Australian birds; Issue 1, July, 1978; Issue 2, September, 1979 (below); Issue 3, Part 1, March, 1980; Issue 3, Part 2, July, 1980, Issue 3, Part 3, November, 1980.
Issued 17 September with perforations as below
  
495-1-1 1c Zebra Finch, perforation 13¼ x 13½, withdrawn on 31 August, 1983;
496-1-1 2c Crimson Finch, perforation 13¼ x 13½;
497-1-1 15c Forest Kingfisher, perforation 13½ x 13¼, withdrawn on 31 December, 1982;
498-1-1 20c Eastern Yellow Robin, perforation 14¾ x 14, withdrawn on 30 December, 1983;
499-1-1 40c Lovely Wren, perforation 13½ x 13¼, withdrawn on 31 December, 1982;
500-1-1 50c Flame Robin, perforation 13½ x 13¼, withdrawn on 29 January, 1982

Christmas 1979
Part 1

Designer: A. Collins - Printer: Asher & Co.
There were two parts to this issue, Part 1 in September (below) & Part 2 in November (below after Fishing Australia), the 25c design below features a series of parcels & letters all bearing flags of different nations as the wrapping paper.
Issued 24 September with perforation 13 x 13¼

506-1-1 25c Christmas Parcels

Fishing in Australia
Designer: Brian Clinton - Printer: NPB
This issue covers four different types of fishing within Australian waters, 20c, Trout Fishing; 35c, Fishing for Pleasure; 50c, Deep Sea Fishing; 55c, Surf Fishing.
Issued 24 October with perforations as below
 
501-1-1 20c Trout Fishing, perforation 14 x 14¾, withdrawn on 24 October, 1980;
502-1-1 35c Fishing For Pleasure, perforation 13½ x 13¼, withdrawn on 24 October, 1980;
503-1-1 50c Deep Sea Fishing, perforation 13½ x 13¼, withdrawn on 24 October, 1980;
504-1-1 55c Surf Fishing, perforation 13½ x 13¼, withdrawn on 24 October, 1980

Christmas 1979
Part 2

Designer: A. Collins - Printer: Asher & Co.
There were two parts to this issue, Part 1 in September (above Fishing Australia) & Part 2 in November (below), the 15c design below features a reproduction of Christ's Nativity as depicted on an Eastern European Icon produced by the Dadieleon Monks, Mount Athos, Greece; the 55c design below features the Madonna & Child, a relief by Benedetto Di Giovanni Buglioni (1461-1521), both stamps below.
Issued 1 November with perforation 13 x 13¼

505-1-1 15c Christ's Nativity, withdrawn on 1 November, 1980;
507-1-1 55c Madonna & Child, withdrawn on 1 November, 1980